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Australia all-rounder James Faulkner has handed a two-year driving ban and a £10,000 fine after he pleaded guilty to a drink-driving offence.
Faulkner was found to be nearly three times over the legal limit when he was arrested on July 2 after his Toyota hit the back of a BMW 3 Series car in West Didsbury, Manchester.
Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard that Faulkner opted to drive despite being intoxicated as he did not want to walk the one mile to his house in the heavy rain.
“I am sure you accept it was foolhardy in the extreme to get behind the wheel of your vehicle having been out for a meal with your friend,” District Judge Mark Hadfield said.
Faulkner’s manger Phil Weston, who spoke on behalf of the all-rounder, said: “I deeply regret my actions which gave rise to my behaviour,” manager Phil Weston said on behalf of Faulkner.”
Faulkner was slapped with four suspension points by Cricket Australia and will subsequently miss Australia’s one-off ODI with Ireland, as well as the limited overs series against England.
“Given he will be unavailable for a significant component of that series, Faulkner will not be considered for the Australian T20 or ODI squad when it is announced in mid-August,” a Cricket Australia statement said. “Faulkner may be considered as a replacement for an injured player following his suspension if required.
“Faulkner will also have to undergo an alcohol management counselling programme, as determined by the Cricket Australia chief medical officer and pay for any damage to property caused by his actions while driving.”